|Reading buddies share a science-themed book|
What’s the solution to this problem? Integrating science and language arts. Coupling inquiry-based science lessons and language arts instruction allows educators to prepare students for the critical reading and open response portions of standardized tests without neglecting science education. And here’s the good news: It’s much easier than you might think.
1. Use science-themed picture books in Reading Buddies programs
2. Adapt science-themed picture books into Readers Theater scripts that students will love practicing and performing
3. Pair fiction and nonfiction books and follow up with a minds on activity. I'm so enthusiastic of the power of this this third idea that I joined forces with master teacher Nancy Chesley to create two books that can help you do this.
So far, I’ve received nothing but positive feedback from the teachers who have tried all these ideas in their classrooms, so I’m hard at work developing more. Adding science content into language arts lessons is one way to make sure that elementary students have access to solid science instruction.
Updated to include covers for Perfect Pairs: Using Fiction and Nonfiction Picture Books to Teach Life Science.